Cover of Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs

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“Layla” is a song by rock band Derek and the Dominos and the thirteenth track from their album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, released in December 1970. It is considered one of rock music’s definitive love songs, featuring an unmistakable guitar figure, played by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, and a piano coda that comprises the second half of the song. Its famously contrasting movements were composed separately by Clapton and Jim Gordon.

Inspired by Clapton’s then-unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend and fellow musician George Harrison, “Layla” was unsuccessful on its initial release. The song has since experienced great critical and popular acclaim. It is often hailed as being among the greatest rock songs of all-time. Two versions have achieved chart success, first in 1972 and again twenty years later as an acoustic “Unplugged” performance. In 2004, it was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The song’s emotional and famous guitar soloing was ranked number 14 on Guitar World’s “100 Greatest Guitar Solos”.

In 1966, George Harrison married Pattie Boyd, a model he met during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night. During the late 1960s, Clapton and Harrison became firm friends. Clapton contributed guitar work on Harrison’s song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on The Beatles’ White Album but remained uncredited, and Harrison co-wrote and played guitar pseudonymously (as L’Angelo Misterioso) on Cream’s “Badge” from Goodbye.

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